Along with our chunk of the Atlantic Ocean, our countless tidal creeks, our rivers and estuaries, comes an amazing variety of seafood waiting to by plied from the water and prepared for your consumption. Don’t have a boat or a fishing pole? Don’t know how to fish at all? No worries! Dozens of fishing charters, large and small, including headboats and private charters, can get you on the water without any need of prior experience or a fishing license.
PHOTO: (inset from left to right) Captain Smiley Fishing Charter; Little River Fishing Fleet.
Little River Fishing Fleet
Office: 1901 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, (843) 361-3323
Every type of fishing for any age, ability, desire and budget. Headboat fishing with a large air-conditioned cabin, restrooms and a snack bar, or 13-hour tuna charters 70 miles out into the Gulf Stream for six people. Your choice.
Calabash Fishing Fleet
Office: 9945 Nance St., Calabash, (910) 575-0017
With a true fleet (see their website), this family-owned operation knows how to catch fish. They have to, as their own boats and crews provide fresh seafood for their Calabash Waterfront Seafood Shack restaurant. Fish with the pros.
Myrtle Beach Guide Service
Office: 1705 N. Oak St., #4, Myrtle Beach, (843) 814-7900
An elite fishing charter for serious fishermen and wannabes alike. Shallow water sight fishing, saltwater fly fishing, inshore and nearshore fishing charters and more.
Voyager Deep Sea Fishing & Dolphin Cruises
Office: 1525 13th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, (910) 575-0111
Headboats, private sport fishing charters, dolphin cruises and half-day fishing trips with a very good chance of reeling in dinner.
Hurricane Fleet Charter Fishing
Office: 9975 Nance St., Calabash, (800) 373-2004
Bottom fishing, trolling and sport fishing, along with deep-sea fishing, two-hour dolphin cruises, shrimping and more. Serving the region for more than 50 years and proud of its modern fleet.
Reel Fly Girlz
3993 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, (843) 798-9100
Experienced local captains who grew up fishing in Murrells Inlet will have you out on the water, hauling in flounder, drum and more. In-shore, near-shore, half-day and all-day trips available.
Captain Smiley Fishing Charters
Office: 4495 Baker St., Little River, (843) 361-7445
In-shore and near-shore fishing, sightseeing trips, kids’ fishing camps, shallow water and backwater fishing, eco-tours and more, are all offered by Captain Smiley, based out of the Cricket Cove Marina in Little River.
Underdog Sport Fishing Charters
Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Behind the Claw House (4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet), (843) 356-0585
The Underdog targets offshore species, including marlin, sailfish, tuna, dolphin, wahoo, grouper and snapper. Their custom 37-foot Scottie-Craft is a fast and smooth-riding boat with state of the art electronics and safety gear and a great track record for bringing home fish.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF COREY LEMAY, CYNDI GOETCHEUS and Courtesy of Captain Smiley Fishing Charters